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Online privacy is paradoxical. For example, having an advertiser ID on your phone should keep your location anonymous. Are you not surprised by it? Neither do I. Click or click here for steps to view and delete your Advertiser ID.
Spying by advertisers and big tech companies isn’t always the case. Strangers or people you know may be hanging out around your account. Tap or click to quickly check what you have to do to keep your Facebook, Google and Netflix accounts safe.
Privacy is not a given. Here are five ways to keep you coming back as much as possible.
1. Everyone’s Least Favorite Cookies
Cookies are collected when you browse the web on your phone, computer or tablet. These bits of data store information about the websites you visit. Cookies store your login information, personalization settings, advertising information and other details.
The benefit is that cookies save images and files so you don’t have to log in every time you visit a website. But these cookies contain a lot of your details. Fortunately, you can delete cookies manually in a few steps.
Better yet, use incognito mode. When you browse the web in incognito mode, your browser does not save your history, cookies, site data or information you enter in forms.it Do All downloaded files or bookmarks created during the session are preserved.
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Please note: Your internet service provider can still see your activity, as can schools or employers that provide internet access or computers.
To go incognito on Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, press Ctrl + Shift + N (or Command + Shift + N on a Mac). Tap or triple tap and you should always browse incognito.
For more privacy, activate a VPN. A virtual private network or VPN is a layer of protection between your device and the internet. It hides your IP address and your location. It also encrypts your data after you leave your device and visit any website you visit.
Don’t even think about using a free VPN. At best, it will lack necessary privacy features and slow you down. At worst, it hides malware or tracks your information.my choice is ExpressVPNthe VPN I used before they became sponsors of my national radio show.
2. Your email is informative
Think about everything in your inbox. In the wrong hands, this digital information can do a lot of damage.
Encryption is a way to protect your email from hackers, criminals, and prying eyes. It’s a process where your email messages are scrambled, so if a hacker manages to intercept them, all they’ll see is gibberish.
Big-name email services like Gmail and Yahoo don’t offer end-to-end encryption. Encryption is difficult to implement and generally requires the participation of all communicators.The process is not end-to-end if Your Email uses encryption, but mine No. At some point, your information will be vulnerable to attack.
If encrypting your email is essential, you will need to switch to a secure service like StartMail, ProtonMail, Mailfence, Tutanota or Hushmail.
Using Gmail? You can send confidential emails. Emails sent in confidential mode cannot be forwarded, and you can choose whether to require recipients to use a password to read them. Click or click here and scroll to item 3 for steps to try yourself.
3. Your app is monitoring where you go
Your phone knows exactly where you’ve been over the past few days, weeks or even months. If you haven’t checked your phone’s location settings in a while, do so now.
Check the hidden location setting on iPhone:
click set upThen privacy.
choose location servicethen scroll down to system service.
choose important locations Check out the records of the places you’ve been and turn them off.
Here’s how to adjust location settings on Android:
Open set upthen scroll down and tap Place.
To stop all tracking you can toggle utilized location leave.
If you don’t want to remove all permissions, tap Apply location permissions.
For each app, tap it to choose your preferred setting: Always allow, Allow only when using the app, Ask every time, or Don’t allow. You can also decide whether the app sees your precise or approximate location.
4. Your TV is watching you
Sorry to interrupt you. Your streaming service is also tracking your activity. It makes sense. Netflix, Hulu, and everyone else want to know what shows you like so they can recommend content you’ll like and don’t mind paying for.
Monitoring is not good for you, though. Streaming services collect your viewing history and the ads you watch or skip. They then share this data with advertisers.
If you have a smart TV, you can check out the basic settings there too. Tap or click to stop your Samsung, LG, Amazon Fire TV or Roku TV from spying.
5. Stop sharing everything you buy and browse
Google always seems to know what you want, it’s not in your head. Google tracks every search, click, message and request. Clear your search history and activity from time to time. That’s it:
go myaccount.google.com and log in. Alternatively, go to google.com and click the circle icon in the upper right corner with your image or initials.then click Manage your Google Account.
click Data and Privacy in the left menu.
You’ll see check marks next to Web & App Activity, Location History, and YouTube History. Click each to adjust your settings.switch them leave If you choose to stop further tracking.
On these pages, you can also set up automatic deletions for future events. I strongly recommend that you enable this feature. You can choose from 3 months, 18 months or 36 months.
Don’t stop there. Tap or click more Google privacy settings to change now.
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